1st Source Corporation Reports Record First Quarter Results
Increased Cash Dividend Declared
- Net income was a record $22.20 million, up 16.11% over the first quarter of 2018. Diluted net income per common share was also a record of $0.86, up from the prior year’s first quarter of $0.73.
- Return on average assets increased to 1.43% and return on average common shareholders’ equity increased to 11.61% from 1.31% and 10.67%, respectively in the first quarter of 2018.
- Net charge-offs of $3.54 million and nonperforming assets to loans and leases of 0.49% compared to $0.34 million and 0.74%, respectively in the first quarter of 2018.
- Average loans and leases grew $269.40 million, up 5.87% from the first quarter of 2018.
- Average deposits grew $350.92 million, up 7.45% from the first quarter of 2018.
- Net interest income increased $4.42 million, up 8.74% from the first quarter of 2018.
- Noninterest income increased $0.32 million, up 1.33% from the first quarter of 2018 (increased 1.27% excluding leased equipment depreciation).
- Noninterest expenses decreased $0.35 million, down 0.77% from the first quarter of 2018 (decreased 1.15% excluding leased equipment depreciation).
1st Source Corporation (NASDAQ: SRCE), parent company of 1st Source Bank, today reported a record high net income of $22.20 million for the first quarter of 2019, an improvement of 16.11% compared to $19.12 million reported in the first quarter a year ago. The net income comparison was positively impacted by increased net interest income of $4.42 million primarily due to higher loan rates and higher average loan and lease balances. It was negatively impacted by a $1.13 million increase in the provision for loan and lease losses to cover loan and lease growth along with higher net charge-offs. Non-recurring 2019 items included a negative $1.10 million valuation adjustment on a repossessed asset and $1.32 million gain on the sale of our former headquarters building.
Diluted net income per common share for the first quarter of 2019 was a record high of $0.86, versus $0.73 in the first quarter of 2018.
At its April 2019 meeting, the Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of $0.27 per common share, up 12.5% from the $0.24 per common share declared a year ago. The cash dividend is payable to shareholders of record on May 6, 2019 and will be paid on May 15, 2019.
According to Christopher J. Murphy III, Chairman, “1st Source Corporation had a strong first quarter. We continue to achieve steady growth in net income and see healthy increases in loans, leases, and deposits. Our biggest credit challenge in the quarter was due to a further charge-off of $3.0 million on the large syndicated aircraft account which I have mentioned previously. The remaining balance is less than $1.0 million, payment of which is anticipated to come from a final settlement of escrowed funds. The cost of resolving the complex issues of this bankruptcy from legal, investment banking, and consulting fees has proven to be exceedingly high. This reminds us we should be wary of complex lending structures.”
“At 1st Source, we value integrity, teamwork, superior quality, outstanding client service, community leadership, true relationship banking and operating with strong capital and reserves. We believe it is these values that differentiate us from our competition, and it seems others have taken notice. In March, we once again received the BauerFinancial ‘Superior’ Five-Star rating - the highest rating possible. BauerFinancial bases its rating on capital ratio, profitability/loss trend, credit quality and CRA ratings. We would not be able to achieve high scores in such categories without conducting our daily business with those values at the core of what we do.”
“Our focus on smaller businesses continues to receive recognition across the state of Indiana. For the sixth year in a row, we were honored with the ‘Gold Level Award’ in the Community Lender’s category by the Small Business Administration. This award honors 1st Source Bank as #1 among Indiana Community Banks with less than $10 billion in assets for making the greatest number of SBA loans during 2018. We have devoted over 155 years to serving small businesses and maintain a dedicated SBA department to ensure the highest level of service to our clients, and this recognition confirms our strategic focus is successful.”
FIRST QUARTER 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS
Average loans and leases of $4.86 billion increased $269.40 million, up 5.87% in the first quarter of 2019 from the year ago quarter and have increased $22.19 million, up 0.46% from the fourth quarter of 2018.
Average deposits of $5.06 billion grew $350.92 million, up 7.45% for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 from the year ago quarter and have decreased $28.59 million, down 0.56% compared to the fourth quarter of 2018.
Net Interest Income and Net Interest Margin
First quarter 2019 net interest income of $54.95 million increased $4.42 million, up 8.74% from the first quarter a year ago and decreased $0.90 million, down 1.60% from the prior quarter.
First quarter 2019 net interest margin was 3.78%, an improvement of nine basis points from the 3.69% for the same period in 2018 and increased one basis point from the fourth quarter of 2018. First quarter 2019 net interest margin on a fully tax-equivalent basis was 3.79%, an increase of eight basis points from the 3.71% for the same period in 2018 and was higher by one basis point compared to the prior quarter. With the Federal Reserve announcing rate increases will be put on hold, interest margins may have reached their peak. Also, there is significant competition for deposits with many local market participants increasing their rates and there is considerable price competition for loans.
First quarter 2019 noninterest income of $24.12 million increased $0.32 million, up 1.33% from the first quarter a year ago and was relatively flat from the fourth quarter of 2018.
Noninterest income during the three months ended March 31, 2019 was higher compared to a year ago mainly from increased equipment rental income from an increase in the average lease portfolio, higher insurance commissions primarily from increased business and higher contingent commissions, and higher debit card income from increased customer use. These positives were offset by reduced net gains on partnership investments and lower trust and wealth advisory fees resulting from a lower value of assets under management due to stock market movements.
First quarter 2019 noninterest expense of $45.20 million was down slightly from the first quarter a year ago and decreased $2.49 million, down 5.21% from the prior quarter. Excluding depreciation on leased equipment, noninterest expenses were down 1.15% from the first quarter a year ago and down 5.97% from the prior quarter.
The decrease in noninterest expense from the fourth quarter was primarily the result of higher gains on the sale of fixed assets, reduced professional fees from consulting services, and fewer group insurance claims offset by higher repossessed asset valuation adjustments and lower gains on the sale of repossessed assets.
The reserve for loan and lease losses as of March 31, 2019 was 2.07% of total loans and leases compared to 2.08% at December 31, 2018 and 2.10% at March 31, 2018. Net charge-offs of $3.54 million were recorded for the first quarter of 2019 compared with net charge-offs of $0.34 million in the same quarter a year ago and up from the $2.53 million of net charge-offs in the fourth quarter. The majority of the first quarter charge-offs was related to one relationship within the aircraft portfolio. This account had experienced significant charge-offs during the second half of 2018.
The provision for loan and lease losses was $4.92 million for the first quarter of 2019, an increase of $1.13 million compared with the same period in 2018 and an increase of $0.22 million from the fourth quarter. The ratio of nonperforming assets to loans and leases was an improved 0.49% as of March 31, 2019, compared to 0.71% on December 31, 2018 and 0.74% on March 31, 2018.
As of March 31, 2019, the common equity-to-assets ratio was 12.20%, compared to 12.11% at December 31, 2018 and 11.99% a year ago. The tangible common equity-to-tangible assets ratio was 11.03% at March 31, 2019 compared to 10.92% at December 31, 2018 and 10.75% a year earlier. The Common Equity Tier 1 ratio, calculated under banking regulatory guidelines, was 12.28% at March 31, 2019 compared to 12.38% at December 31, 2018 and 12.22% a year ago.
ABOUT 1ST SOURCE CORPORATION
1st Source common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under “SRCE” and appears in the National Market System tables in many daily newspapers under the code name “1st Src.” Since 1863, 1st Source has been committed to the success of its clients, individuals, businesses and the communities it serves. For more information, visit www.1stsource.com.
1st Source serves the northern half of Indiana and southwest Michigan and is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the area. While delivering a comprehensive range of consumer and commercial banking services through its community bank offices, 1st Source has distinguished itself with highly personalized services. 1st Source Bank also competes for business nationally by offering specialized financing services for new and used private and cargo aircraft, automobiles for leasing and rental agencies, medium and heavy duty trucks, and construction equipment. The Corporation includes 80 banking centers, 19 1st Source Bank Specialty Finance Group locations nationwide, eight Wealth Advisory Services locations and ten 1st Source Insurance offices.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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1st Source may make other written or oral forward-looking statements from time to time. Readers are advised that various important factors could cause 1st Source’s actual results or circumstances for future periods to differ materially from those anticipated or projected in such forward-looking statements. Such factors, among others, include changes in laws, regulations or accounting principles generally accepted in the United States; 1st Source’s competitive position within its markets served; increasing consolidation within the banking industry; unforeseen changes in interest rates; unforeseen downturns in the local, regional or national economies or in the industries in which 1st Source has credit concentrations; and other risks discussed in 1st Source’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, which filings are available from the SEC. 1st Source undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
The accounting and reporting policies of 1st Source conform to generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States and prevailing practices in the banking industry. However, certain non-GAAP performance measures are used by management to evaluate and measure the Company’s performance. Although these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by investors to evaluate a financial institution, they have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analyses of results as reported under GAAP. These include taxable-equivalent net interest income (including its individual components), net interest margin (including its individual components), the efficiency ratio, tangible common equity-to-tangible assets ratio and tangible book value per common share. Management believes that these measures provide users of the Company’s financial information a more meaningful view of the performance of the interest-earning assets and interest-bearing liabilities and of the Company’s operating efficiency. Other financial holding companies may define or calculate these measures differently.
Management reviews yields on certain asset categories and the net interest margin of the Company and its banking subsidiaries on a fully taxable-equivalent (“FTE”) basis. In this non-GAAP presentation, net interest income is adjusted to reflect tax-exempt interest income on an equivalent before-tax basis. This measure ensures comparability of net interest income arising from both taxable and tax-exempt sources. Net interest income on a FTE basis is also used in the calculation of the Company’s efficiency ratio. The efficiency ratio, which is calculated by dividing non-interest expense by total taxable-equivalent net revenue (less securities gains or losses and lease depreciation), measures how much it costs to produce one dollar of revenue. Securities gains or losses and lease depreciation are excluded from this calculation to better match revenue from daily operations to operational expenses. Management considers the tangible common equity-to-tangible assets ratio and tangible book value per common share as useful measurements of the Company’s equity.
See the table marked “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company with their most closely related GAAP measures.